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Marta Mist – “Scavengers” – [Time Released Sound]

lexi glass   3/14/2017   A Library, CD

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Marta Mist is a trio from Leeds, and there’s not much more information out there about them than that. This 2015 release from local label Time Released Sound is their first since 2012’s Industries. We received our copy when Naysayer hosted the label’s founders on the air in January 2017.

The album contains two ~20-minute pieces, each divided into three sections that move through a variety of styles:

“Scavengers” (T1) begins with a duet between strings and an echoing piano; later, angelic choral vocals join in. A drum beat surfaces followed by distorted guitars, (~6:00), and the piece takes on a darker, more menacing tone. The third section (~13:00) introduces a brilliant drone and electronic rhythms, and before fading away, returns to the sound of the piano.

“Hunters” (T2) begins similarly, with a string-focused section – think Philip Glass meets Dirty Three – while a subtle beat lurks in the background. Then, the string arpeggios turn into bold strokes in the dramatic second movement (~7:00). Finally, jazz-inspired drums lead into a guitar section (~12:00) that reminds me of all those post-rock bands from the 90s, like Tortoise or especially Do Make Say Think.

This is beautiful work – play an entire track, or scavenge excerpts for your show.

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